Collette V. Fournier, RIT and Vermont College grad, award winning, published photographer, documented Amistad highlighting Wayne Bartow and shipwright/crew from Mystic, CT. to Nova Scotia, CAN; Black Motorcyclists in America, multiple journeys to W. Africa, West Indies, and the U.S. Fournier is currently writing a personal narrative on photography; has had livey exhibition schedule of solo and group shows, curator, speaker's bureau, power point presentations of work; teacher/campus photographer at Rockland Community College. Member of Kamoinge Inc., UPAA (University Photographer Association of America) and SPE and serve(d) on art boards. I am developing photographic archives on fabric working large scale and dancing with Chiku Awali African Dance/Drum.
April 2007, I documented Post Hurricane Katrina through a Kamoinge Inc. grant from the Soros Institute. Ms. Alma Series represents a culmination of Louisianan lives interrupted by the wrath of Katrina. Daily, Ms. Alma, a community activist, juggles the needs of her 92 year-old Mother, Ms. Hayes (in photo) with that of her son's medical needs. Hurricane Katrina hit, his caretaker took him to Texas. Grandmother, Mother, were separated from him for three days. Life was very stressful for their family until they reconnected. For me it tells the story of survival because their will was stronger than Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Alma crossed over shortly after I photographed this series. I will always be indebted to her and her family. Two prints submitted to WBAI Auction are reflective of the Hurricane Katrina Series.